Our Staff
         Experience + Warmth

Our commitment to the care, education and safety of your children is reflected in our team. We hire therapists who have training in related fields and are well versed in the best practices of early childhood. Each member of our team nurtures each child in her care in a safe, supportive learning environment. 

Team members receive ongoing training in Applied Behavior Analysis and other interventions to continue their education and are evaluated constantly throughout the year. Our team excels at stimulating children to learn and preparing them for future education. Our team is devoted to making each day fun and educational. Their dedication makes all the difference for your children.

Ricky Teichman, Director

Hello and welcome! My name is Ricky and I am the Director of The Puzzle Place. My passion for working with young children with autism began when I was 16 years old volunteering for a respite program where I cared for children with autism for a couple of hours every day. Over the years I have held positions working with children in a variety of atmospheres, both inside and outside of the classroom. My dedication to providing high quality developmentally appropriate programming for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with autism and related disorders ultimately led me to pursue a leadership role within the field. My experience includes working as a Behavior Therapist with children aged 2-14 in a school setting, as well as an Early Intervention ABA Practitioner working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers with autism, asperger’s syndrome and various communication and social delays. I feel truly privileged to spend my days surrounded by the sounds of children discovering, learning, and growing! I hold my Bachelors Degree in the Behavioral Sciences and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Mercy College as well as certification for Early Childhood Education in both NY and NJ. In addition, I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, BCBA Supervisor and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the State of NY. I have also been trained in the Early Start Denver Model treatment for children with Autism and also in DIR/Floortime. I look forward to meeting and working with you and your children and sharing my experience and love of early learning with you!

Michel Otlowski
Michel OtlowskiABA Therapist
Hi, my name is Michel Otlowski. I am currently pursuing my associates degree to obtain my bachelors degree. I have been working with children on the spectrum for 8 years. I love what I do because I truly enjoy helping children grow and learn. My goal is to become a BCBA. An interesting fact about me is I like to craft. My favorite part about working at the Puzzle Place is the positive and uplifting atmosphere, and my co-workers.
Chana
ChanaABA Therapist
Hi, my name is Chana Belsky. I am currently pursuing my associates degree to obtain a degree in special education. I have been working with children on the spectrum for 14 years. I love what I do because I feel rewarded helping children achieve milestones in life. My ultimate goal is to become a Behavior Analyst. Two interesting facts about me are; I have three children and I love home decorating/design. My favorite part about working at The Puzzle Place are all the amazing people I work with.
Emily Grosiak
Emily Grosiak
Hi, my name is Emily Grosiak. I received my Bachelors degree from William Paterson University. I am currently pursuing my masters degree in Applied behavior analysis from Ball State University to obtain my BCBA in the near future. I have been working with children on the spectrum for over 6 years. I love what I do because every day is different. My ultimate goal is to become a BCBA and continue my work in the field for many years to come. An interesting fact about me is that I am secretly a morning person. My favorite part about working at The Puzzle Place are the children, and wonderful coworkers.
Kelly Sprouls
Kelly Sprouls
Hi, my name is Kelly Sprouls. I received my bachelors in Health Science, with a concentration in communication disorders from Stockton University. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in applied psychology from Rider University. I have been working with children on the spectrum for 3 years. I love what I do because I love working with children, and it is so rewarding being able to help children grow and become more independent. My ultimate goal is to become a BCBA. Two interesting facts about me are, I play on a Coed softball team, and I have two cats named Oreo and Shadow. My favorite part about working at the Puzzle Place is being able to work with fantastic ABA therapists and BCBA’S, as well as the amazing kids.
Syvan Elting
Syvan Elting
Hi, my name is Syvan Elting. I received my bachelors from Penn State University, and my master’s degree in school psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I have been working with children on the spectrum for 7 years. I love what I do because, progress, no matter how big or small is a major accomplishment, and when a child learns, it makes me extremely happy. Two interesting facts about me are, I’ve always wanted to work with children, even when I was a child myself, and I love animals. My favorite part about working at The Puzzle Place is the amazing environment. The staff are extremely hard working and enthusiastic, and the clients are bright and extremely adorable.
Stephanie
Stephanie
Hi, my name is Stephanie. I received my bachelors of psychology from Kean University. I am currently pursuing my masters degree in applied behavior analysis at Simmons College. I have been working with children on the spectrum for 4 years. I love what I do because I have the opportunity to give children the tools they need to be the best version of themselves. My ultimate goal is to become a BCBA and continue working with the autism community. Two interesting facts about me are, I enjoy spending time with my family, and I am the middle child of 3 sisters. My favorite part about working at The Puzzle Place is it feels like the staff is one big family.
Sarah Powell
Sarah Powell
Hi, my name is Sarah Powell. I am currently pursuing my associates degree in order to obtain my bachelors. I have been working with children on the spectrum for 5 years. I love what I do because it combines education, social work, organizational management, and psychology all in one; not to mention it’s incredibly rewarding. My favorite part about working at The Puzzle Place is working with my clients and co-workers.

“I will never be able to thank you and everyone at The Puzzle Place enough for getting James to where he is now”

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